Merrill Gardens - California
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Merrill Gardens is a resident-focused company, built on a strong foundation of family, community and long-term vision. We work hard to provide the best in California retirement community living by supporting individuality, privacy, independence and the decision-making abilities of our residents. Our outstanding facilities and the vibrant communities within enrich the lives of our Merrill Gardens California residents.
At The Pines, A Merrill Gardens Community, retirement has never looked so good because our community is designed from the ground up to include all the features and services that the discerning senior desires.
Merill Gardens is absolutely outstanding, very impressive, and very professional. The people have very good morale, the client there seemed to be happy, relaxed, smiling, and well taken care of. The food was very good, and they hired a very qualified chef and recruited his team in there. They facility don’t appear to be senior living. They’re very well appointed and well furnished.
Merrill Gardens at Campbell was definitely a very nice facility and very well kept up, so it did not look dated. The staff greeted all of the residents by name and checked on the people who were staying there. They had swimming and outings, and were proactive and very good at following up, very positive, and helpful. It was very clean and nicely updated.
Merrill Gardens, Lafayette is a new community, less than a year old. It has 85 apartments, and can accommodate 17 in their memory care unit. They offer all day dining, happy hours several times a week, usually with live music, as well as nightly movies in their theatre, a full service salon, exercise and massage room, and many open areas for residents and their guests to enjoy. Each independent or assisted living apartment has a kitchen. The studios are equipped with everything a kitchenette offers, a refrigerator, sink and microwave, as well as a 2 burner stove. The 1 and 2 bedroom apartments offer the same kitchen options as the studios, but with four burner stoves with an oven. While this community does not offer large open garden areas, they have 2 rooftop decks with resident gardening projects, and are in walking distance to downtown Lafayette, which has many options for shopping and dining. They have two community computer stations for residents' use, but their WiFi is accessible in most locations in the community. In addition to this being a nice and new community, they also offer underground parking for their residents. This is especially great on hot California summer days, as well as (when we don't have a drought), rainy Bay Area winters. The garage has an elevator that goes directly to the community from the garage. Lastly, because they are a new community that is not at capacity, they offer an area comparatively reasonable rate that should be explored!
Review by Cheryl P. - Penrose Senior Care Auditors®
Upon arriving at Merrill Gardens in Willow Glen, I was impressed by the beautiful living room area to the right of the entry. It is large and bright and was in use by several groups of residents visiting and reading. Kay, the receptionist greets everyone like a special guest while at the same time making sure to keep track of who is coming and going from outside. Although lunch was past, many residents lingered in the dining room chatting. The staff were exceptionally kind and attentive to the residents and seemed to offer just the right amount of assistance. The apartments are very bright and spacious with full, modern looking kitchens, lots of windows and patios. This seems to be a busy community with a lot of residents and visitors coming and going and a very engaged staff. There are several events planned for each day, including shopping excursions, pool competitions and craft groups.
Review by Cheryl P. - Penrose Senior Care Auditors®
Merrill Gardens in Campbell is a beautiful, new senior community. The feel upon entering is of an upscale resort hotel. The lobby and seating area is large and arranged into intimate seating groups where residents and visitors were relaxing and chatting. The residents appear to be quite independent and engaged in their community. One group, the Busy Bees were knitting blankets, hats and such for newborns at a local hospital. The dining room and bistro were both humming with conversation. All of the staff I observed were polite and friendly to each resident they saw, always greeting the resident by name and asking about a family member or other interest of the resident. The overall feel here is of a vibrant community of friends. As Cathey, the Executive Director said, “It’s wonderful to work in such a beautiful place, but what really matters is meeting the needs of our residents.” I give Merrill Gardens in Campbell 5stars for resident engagement.
Merrill Gardens at Oceanside is a good facility but has room for improvement in many areas. What I did like about this facility was that it had a barber shop and beauty salon as well as a library area well stocked with books. What I did not like about this facility was that it feels a bit dreary on the inside and doesn’t have as much natural light as I would have liked. Merrill Gardens at Oceanside isn’t a bad facility, but rather just one that should be updated.
Close to downtown San Diego, less than two miles from Emergency medical facilities, shopping centers, and grocery stores. The best part of this facility is there quest to make sure that every resident have the opportunity to participate in an activity of their choice. The variety of these activities include art classes, games, and social events.
This modern facility offers the best in fine dining, recreation, and assistance with daily living. The staff I did see were friendly, but the facility does seem to be a bit understaff, at least during my visit it was. Overall, this assisted living community offers Independent and Assisted Living for introverted and extroverted seniors.
This brand new community is not only beautiful but gracious in the welcoming of its new residents. We recently moved a family into this community - and while it could have been a challenge given the many other families moving in at the same time, the team at Merrill Gardens was outstanding in communicating with both us and the family to make sure that we had clear directions necessary to make our move in successful and with the least amount of anxiety. Our family is over the moon with this community. The team here is outstanding. The community itself beautiful.
Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill is one of the newest Senior Living Communities. For those of independent means that what the night life that Downtown San Diego, The Gaslamp, Theater, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, and much more has to offer, Merrill Gardens is a fabulous location for you. It is close to San Diego Airport and many of the best that San Diego has to offer such as Old Globe. For a more active individual that would enjoy being close to it all, Merrill Gardens may be the right fit.
This community is situated on 40 acres, and is a very active, vibrant senior living community, with meals and activities included. Their staff is top-notch, and they are always striving to provide the best in all areas of service to their residents. They have an abundance of activities, both onsite and offsite. The variety of living accommodations are wonderful - from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 2 Bedroom villas for independent folks or those who may only need a bit of homecare services, to a lovely assisted living setting with very large studio apartments, and a separate memory care area for those in need of dementia and Alzheimers care. This is a wonderful community!
I enjoy my nice rooms with many windows looking out at a beautiful view of mountains, sky + trees + green shrubs + flowers! Having activities, exercises, singing + various programs keeps life interesting + buzie.